Poetry is a love of mine, second only to music. I don't believe in constricting poems by rhyme, but meter, rhythm and unconventional rhyming are important in how I compose my work. Saying that, I know I shouldn't call it 'work, ' being that it SEEMS to be laborious these days, and not when I wrote a lot of this stuff. At the time of the majority of these poems' first drafts, it was more of a ... more »
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Thomas Bates Poems
Tolstoy's War and Peace
Tolstoy's 'War and Peace' - events and history (also, Love) caught in the making: these years surrounding the year 1812: a time of
A Flagrant Hesitancy-
a flagrant hesitancy - uncommonly feathered as such, thus fumbling, a misunderstanding sinks deeply
stars are imploded energy
I slip into a slipstream. things are as they seem again.
what I feel whether it goes onto paper or not composed with pen
Valentine's Day in Texas.
(Valentine's day in Texas.) I called my girlfriend on a payphone and she answered, having eagerly awaited my arrival in far-off North Carolina.
relationship or sinking ship?
Our Distant Song
you're the kind of friend I look quietly to in times of distress. the praises of your kind words bring a humble happiness and conversation is sweet w/ it's musical songs of tenderness. if a flower,
A Ripple In Tideless Water
a reflection: your eyes are large and spacious,
Fear Hides Vacent Eyes
by Thomasjbates Fear hides vacant like a ghost. Fear avoids daylight and cobwebs, always.
beauty is like standing on crumbling land. it comes sometimes in disguise
A Tape of Assorted Songs
A tape of assorted songs, very various Bands Thrown together On one of the first
Horses, once tender, restless in pastures Have flown - faster than calendar days, Leaving this plastic cup of wine In my left hand- and mind,
a memory in simple verse vers 2
She tapped me on the shoulder for the second time in my life., Drawing my attention in from deep sea reflections and back into our past
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(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)
(March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963)
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(16 August 1920 – 9 March 1994)
Tolstoy's War and Peace
Tolstoy's 'War and Peace' - events and history
(also, Love) caught
in the making: these years
surrounding the year 1812: a time of
marriages, destruction and rebirth - memories
full of battle and reverence and
tomfoolery; foolish claims and
passion for winning over another nation.
Russia was infiltrated by Napoleon's
supposedly ingenious advances.
mean while, in my life with you outside those pages
I felt a change, too - a shifting in the air
before fully realizing
entered the room.